13.0356 new on WWW: Augustine's Confessions (intro, text & commentary)

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             Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2000 23:09:49 +0000
             From: jod@ccat.sas.upenn.edu (James J. O'Donnell)
             Subject: from print to web

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    From: jod@ccat.sas.upenn.edu (James J. O'Donnell)

    Augustine's Confessions:
    Print scholarship takes to the WWW

    I am pleased to announce release of the Internet edition of a substantial
    work of scholarship, coinciding with availability of a paper reprint
    edition. These steps demonstrate that it is no longer necessary for
    scholarly works to be "out of print" and unavailable, and also show that
    high-quality scholarship of the sort until now available only in
    expensive, limited press-run editions, can be made widely and freely
    available to students and scholars.

    In 1992, I published with Oxford's Clarendon Press imprint the three
    volumes (approx. 1200 pages) of Augustine: Confessions (introduction,
    text, and commentary by James J. O'Donnell: ISBN 0-19-814378-8). The
    work sold for c. $300 and eventually went out of print after selling
    approximately 1200 copies.

    The entire work is now available on the Internet free of charge to users:
    http://www.stoa.org/hippo. No special equipment or software is required
    and the work can be read with all commonly used browsers. A duplicate
    copy is available at http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/jod/conf. The work
    provides a complete Latin text of the Confessions, a detailed scholarly
    commentary on the text line-by-line, and a lengthy interpretive
    introduction (http://www.stoa.org/hippo/comm.html) - the most accessible
    part of the book to the Latinless reader.

    At approximately the same time, a reprint edition of the hardcover
    original is being published by Sandpiper Books, in association with Oxford
    University Press. The American distributor is Powells Bookstore, 1501 E.
    57th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60637 (tel: 773-666-5880; fax:
    773-955-2967; e-mail: PowellsChicago@msn.com), with books due for
    delivery in early February 2000 (price TBD, but substantially lower than
    the original hardcover). British distribution is done through Postscript,
    24 Langroyd Road, London SW17 7PL (0208-767-7421).

    The WWW edition has been prepared in cooperation with the Stoa Consortium
    (www.stoa.org), under the leadership of Ross Scaife of the University of
    Kentucky with SGML encoding and HTML conversion by Anne Mahoney of Boston
    University. I am deeply grateful to these colleagues for their interest
    in the project and the quality of the result. The Stoa project seeks to
    make available and preserve for the future high-quality peer-reviewed
    scholarly work available on the Internet. Financial support for the
    conversion of this work was provided by the University of Pennsylvania,
    for which I am very grateful as well.

    E-versions and p-versions of the "same book" are not identical and I
    expect there will continue to be users of both versions of this text -
    indeed many individuals will find both useful. The two versions are close
    enough, however, that it makes sense to represent them under the same
    library cataloging record. I am happy to report that they can be seen
    this way in the Online Public Access Catalogs of two great universities
    with which I have had the honor of association, Penn
    (http://www.franklin.library.yale.edu) and Yale
    (http://webpac.library.yale.edu/webpac/orbis.htm). (My thanks to my
    colleagues Patricia Renfro of Penn and Ann Okerson of Yale for
    facilitating this demonstration.)

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